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broadband networks in the nation, an

affordable cost of living, the fourth-largest

university system in the U.S. and access

to the world’s busiest airport and fastest

growing port in the nation) Georgia’s

technology industry is still one of our best-

kept secrets. But it is a secret that is quickly

spreading and one that will prove a key

weapon to battle—and beat—the recession.

For more information on Georgia’s

technology industry visit:



Sprint and Next Star Communication

Supports Impacted Customers Following

Tornado Outbreak in Alabama

Sprint and Next Star Communication

deployed a service and repair van to

Pleasant Grove, Ala. to assist customers

impacted by the devastating tornadoes. At

the Sprint service and repair van, residents

were able to call friends and family, access

the Internet, charge batteries, triage their

devices and replace and repair as needed,

order replacement phones and initiate

insurance claims. The Sprint Emergency

Response Team (ERT) has deployed Cell

Sites on Wheels (COWs) and Satellite Cell

on Light Trucks (SatCOLTS) to provide

immediate restoration of service and help

facilitate wireless and IP communications

among disaster relief and emergency

response agencies. The Sprint Foundation

also donated $100,000 to the American Red

Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Gwinnett Daily Post Receives Awards from

Georgia Associated Press Association


Gwinnett Daily Post

won four awards

in the annual Georgia Associated Press

Association newspaper contest. Photo

editor Jason Braverman won a pair of awards

— taking second place in spot news for

his pictures of the tornado that hit Buford

last year and second place for best photo

illustration. Photographer Jonathan Phillips

placed second for best portfolio and staff

writer Josh Green placed third for beat

reporting. The

Daily Post

competes in the

category for the state’s largest newspapers.

LAN Systems honored with Atlanta BBB

Torch Awards

LAN Systems was recently honored with the

Atlanta BBB Torch Award for Community

Service and first runner-up for the Customer

Service award. The Torch Award honors

companies who are leaders in marketplace

trust. Each Torch Award winner embodies

BBB’s vision of an ethical marketplace

where buyers and sellers trust each other.

“LAN Systems supports and encourages

volunteerism. We applaud the efforts of our

employees to work in the community,” said

Terry Hart, COO, LAN Systems.

Georgia Gwinnett College Celebrates Largest

Commencement in its History

Georgia Gwinnett College marked its largest

commencement on June 2, as 95 graduates

became the first to march through the

college’s Arch of Knowledge to claim their

degrees. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was

the ceremony’s keynote speaker. He evoked

the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill with a

rousing, “Never give up,” message.

“Your diploma is only a road sign in your life.

It is not a stop sign,” he said. He encouraged

the graduates to never stop learning or

working toward goals and challenges, a key

to long-term success. The event featured the

premiere performance of the GGC



. The song was co-written by Brittany

Dertz, Class of 2011, and Alvina Atkinson,

associate professor of mathematics, and

composed by Thomas Young, retired

associate professor of English.

The college, which opened its doors in

August 2006 to 118 students, expects an

enrollment of more than 8,000 this fall.

Rudy Bowen Named Chairman of Georgia’s

Transportation Board

Gwinnett Chamber Executive Board

Member, Rudy Bowen, was recently

re-elected as Chairman of the Georgia

Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) Board.

Bowen will lead such efforts as: naming

the Commissioner; approving long-

range transportation plans; overseeing

construction contract administration; and

authorizing lease agreements. Elected by

majority of a General Assembly caucus from

Georgia’s thirteen congressional districts,

each member serves a five-year term.

Dan: How can other companies and

business leaders adopt similar strategies

for their organizations?


Other companies and business

leaders can achieve this same level of

success by adopting strategies that focus

on their financial bottom-lines and each

key business relationship. RLG’s numerous

20 plus year client business relationships

have sustained our revenue growth and

bottom-line profit both in prosperity and

the down economy. Regardless of what the

economy is doing, we strive to out-service

the competition with exceptional quality

which delivers a win-win situation for both

our firm and our client base.

Dan: What is on the horizon for

Russell Landscape Group, particularly

with your latest ventures in China?


Russell Landscape Group

recently opened its 10th office in its fifth

southeastern state in Destin/North Florida

area. RLG is also very excited about its

future plans to open a landscape design

office in the Shanghai, China area by late


Russell Landscape Group